Latest figures show 22 per cent of flights are late.

Airport news for Travel,Luton on 13/09/2010.

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Scheduled flights at UK airports are suffering increased delays compared to a year ago, show the latest figures released by Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Compared to a year ago, flight punctuality, as measured at 10 of the UK’s airports, fell by four per cent in April and June. Across the 10 airports in the survey, just 78 per cent of flights were on time. Tardiness worsened at all but of the airports in the study. Only London City Airport showed an improvement, beating last year’s performance by a slender one per cent. The CAA defines ‘on time’ as meaning anything from early to a maximum of 15 minutes late. Gatwick and Luton airports were the worst-behaved of the bunch. At 71 per cent, Gatwick’s performance was down by 10 per cent, compared to last year. Luton, also with 71 per cent, was down by nine per cent. At both airports, the average length of a delay in the second quarter of the year was 18 minutes, a whopping seven-minute increase on last year. At Heathrow, flights were late 78 per cent of the time, a two-percentage-point increase. Stansted dropped four percentage points on the previous year, to reach the same figure of 78 per cent. London City, however, improved to 88 per cent.

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